Original description as Tyrannochromis nigriventer:
- Eccles, David H. & E. Trewavas. 1989. "Tyrannochromis nigriventer". Malawian Cichlid Fishes - The classification of some Haplochromine genera. pp. 101-103 (crc03475)
Conservation: Tyrannochromis nigriventer is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2018). Since Tyrannochromis nigriventer inhabits the rocky reefs it is not vulnerable to over-fishing by local fishermen and is currently not threatened in its existence.